Thanks to the pandemic, shipping costs have elevated and remained high. Once the general public realized that just about any product could be delivered to their front door, they decided to keep shopping that way.
While in-store shopping has since become a viable option again, delivery companies will most likely experience a permanent increase in deliveries, which itself will only be compounded during the holiday season.
Some of the FedEx peak charges have increased over the last year, even though 2021’s package volumes were higher than 2022 and the expectations for 2023. The company’s current CEO is pushing for higher profitability per shipment.
So if you’re in charge of shipping for your business, you need to be aware that FedEx peak season dates are coming earlier than ever.
What Is FedEx Peak Season?
FedEx peak season dates cover the expected timeframe in which the company will be delivering a higher-than-normal number of packages. Due to this strain, shippers have to pay FedEx peak surcharges.
To maintain its ability to ship packages on time and intact, FedEx must use more fuel, hire more personnel, and handle more complicated logistics, the costs of which it essentially passes onto you.
That isn’t a criticism; it’s simply a matter of fact — FedEx’s costs and liabilities are going to go up, and they want to be compensated for the increase.
When Does FedEx Peak Season Start?
FedEx peak season dates will run from Oct. 3, 2022, to Jan. 15, 2023, covering the period with the highest number of product orders. This time period is virtually identical to 2021’s. Last year, FedEx’s peak season dates ran from Oct. 4 to Jan. 16. The costs of FedEx peak surcharges, however, have increased.
How FedEx Peak Season Will Affect Shipping Rates
How much more will the FedEx peak surcharge cost you? You can expect fees to increase across the board, but exact amounts depend on the specific service you use, which means that if you still have last year’s price list, you can go ahead and throw it away.
FedEx already charges extra for packages that don’t conform to their preferred dimensions and weights. These packages must be sorted differently, which costs them time and money. The surcharge amount this year will be $6.55 per package.
For each package that is larger than 96 inches long or 130 inches in perimeter and length, FedEx will charge $68.75.
Ground Unauthorized Package Charge
For each package that is longer than 108 inches, over 165 inches in combined width and length, or weighs more than 150 pounds, FedEx will charge $385.
Residential Delivery Charge
When FedEx needs to deliver freight to a residence or business that lacks loading docks, they will charge extra. The exact amount will be determined on a week-to-week basis, depending on how many shipments they must process.
Each shipper will be subject to a “Calculation Week,” where their shipping volume is calculated. According to the numbers, a shipper may have to pay anywhere from an extra $1.25 to $6 per package for FedEx Ground and an extra $2.25 to $7 per package for FedEx Express.
Other FedEx Ground Economy Package Services
If you remember FedEx SmartPost, Ground Economy is what it’s now called. It’s intended to be a cost-effective method for U.S. residential shipping of low-weight, non-urgent, but high-volume shipments. Charges for these services will increase according to these Fedex peak season dates:
- Oct. 31 through Nov. 27 – $1.50 per package
- Nov. 28 through Dec. 11 – $2.50 per package
- Dec. 12 through Jan. 15 – $1.50 per package
As for why the dates are different from the standard FedEx peak season range, Ground Economy is used under contract only.
Alternatives to FedEx Surcharges
If you’ve read the FedEx peak season dates and begun to panic, don’t! You have options that will let you avoid FedEx peak surcharges.
Print Bind Ship offers personalization that FedEx can’t match. If you want to create a memorable unboxing experience for your customers, we can create original designs that boost your brand.
We can ship around the world. Print Bind Ship can get a shipment out within 24 hours of an order being processed, and since we’re a certified shipping center, we can keep our costs lower than the competition.
If you’re selling printed materials, such as books, you don’t even need to keep an inventory. With Print Bind Ship’s print-on-demand service, we can make professional quality materials and ship them out without the need to keep them sitting on shelves. From package and product design to storefront integration to inventory tracking, we’re ready to help you succeed.
Don’t Worry About Peak Season — Turn to Print Bind Ship
While FedEx has to increase its shipping prices to combat high numbers of orders, why not turn to a trusted third-party logistics company (3PL) that can do everything you want from a shipping company and then some?
From order fulfillment and package design to the shipment of products to your customer’s front door, Print Bind Ship makes the process easy. We’ll handle the tough stuff while you take care of maintaining your brand. Contact Print Bind Ship to see which solution is right for you today.
Amazon’s dates are Oct. 15, 2022, through Jan. 14, 2023. It will charge $3.28 for packages up to six ounces, $3.98 for 12-16 ounce packages, $6.60 for two-to-three-pound packages, and $6.96 (plus an extra $0.32 per pound) for anything above three pounds.
FedEx peak season rates run from Oct. 2, 2022, to Jan. 15, 2023. The fees are a per-package Additional Handling Surcharge of $6.55, an Oversize Charge of $68.75 per package, a Ground Unauthorized Package Charge of $385 per package, $1.50 to $2.50 Peak Surcharges, and variable rate Residential Delivery Charges.